Best Sellers in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy

Fantasy books with a sword and sorcery theme that have topped best-seller lists
Best Sellers in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy

Sword and sorcery fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy literature and media that focuses on action-packed adventures featuring sword-wielding heroes, mystical elements, and a gritty, often dark tone. It originated in the early 20th century and has remained popular ever since, inspiring numerous books, movies, and games.

Here are some key characteristics of sword and sorcery fantasy:

Heroic Protagonists: Sword and sorcery stories often revolve around a lone hero or a small group of adventurers who possess exceptional combat skills and often use swords or other melee weapons. These heroes are typically rugged, morally ambiguous, and driven by personal motives.

Magic and Sorcery: Magic plays a prominent role in sword and sorcery tales. Sorcerers, wizards, or other magic users are often integral to the story, wielding mystical powers and spells. Magic can be both a source of great power and a dangerous force with corrupting influences.

High Adventure: Sword and sorcery stories are known for their fast-paced, action-oriented plots filled with thrilling battles, daring escapes, and quests for treasure or revenge. The heroes frequently find themselves in dangerous and exotic locations, facing formidable foes and overcoming incredible odds.

Dark and Gritty Atmosphere: Unlike traditional epic fantasy, sword and sorcery stories tend to have a darker, grittier tone. The settings are often harsh and unforgiving, with moral ambiguity and shades of gray prevalent among characters. Violence, treachery, and morally ambiguous choices are common elements.

Ancient Worlds and Mythology: Sword and sorcery often takes place in a fictional, pre-industrial world reminiscent of ancient civilizations or the medieval period. These settings are often richly detailed, drawing inspiration from real-world mythology, folklore, and historical cultures.

Low Magic: While magic is present, sword and sorcery stories typically feature a lower level of magic compared to other fantasy subgenres. Magic is often portrayed as rare, mysterious, and dangerous, with a focus on personal combat skills and cunning rather than relying solely on magical abilities.

"The Serpent and the Wings of Night" is the first installment in the "Crowns of Nyaxia" series. Set in a world of sword and sorcery, this book promises an epic adventure filled with magic, intrigue, and high-stakes conflicts.

As the title suggests, the story revolves around a mysterious serpent and the enigmatic Wings of Night. Readers can expect a tale that combines elements of mythology and fantasy as ancient prophecies unfold and mythical creatures come to life.

With a dark and atmospheric setting, "The Serpent and the Wings of Night" presents a world on the brink of chaos. Kingdoms teeter on the edge of destruction, and power struggles between rival factions are imminent. The narrative is likely to feature a diverse cast of characters, each with their own motivations, secrets, and unique abilities.

In this first book of the series, readers will likely join the protagonists on a thrilling quest to unravel the secrets of the serpent and its connection to the Wings of Night. The story may explore themes of destiny, redemption, and the balance between light and darkness.

While I cannot provide a specific review, "The Serpent and the Wings of Night" has the potential to captivate readers who enjoy immersive sword and sorcery fantasy tales.

Love is a sacrifice at the altar of power.

In the wake of the Kejari, everything Oraya once thought to be true has been destroyed. A prisoner in her own kingdom, grieving the only family she ever had, and reeling from a gutting betrayal, she no longer even knows the truth of her own blood. She’s left only with one certainty: she cannot trust anyone, least of all Raihn.

The House of Night, too, is surrounded by enemies. Raihn’s own nobles are none too eager to accept a Turned king, especially one who was once a slave. And the House of Blood digs their claws into the kingdom, threatening to tear it apart from the inside.

When Raihn offers Oraya a secret alliance, taking the deal is her only chance at reclaiming her kingdom–and gaining her vengeance against the lover who betrayed her. But to do so, she’ll need to harness a devastating ancient power, intertwined with her father’s greatest secrets.

But with enemies closing in on all sides, nothing is as it seems. As she unravels her past and faces her future, Oraya finds herself forced to choose between the bloody reality of seizing power – and the devastating love that could be her downfall.

Full of heartbreak, redemption, bloody intrigue, and heart-pounding action, The Ashes and the Star-Cursed King is the gutting second installment of the Crowns of Nyaxia series, and the conclusion of the Nightborn Duet – perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Lucien Thorne is the most vile monster in all of Thorngate. As Winter King, he rules our land with an iron fist and a cold, dead heart. And my father has just informed me that I am betrothed to marry him….

As the Princess of Fall, it is my duty to marry whatever suitor my father chooses for me, but Lucien is not someone I can fathom spending the rest of my life with. Not even for duty.

When he arrives to negotiate my dowry, I break protocol and take matters into my own hands. But the more time I spend with this mysterious man, the more I wonder if the rumors about him are even true.

As I get to know the real Lucien, I start to discover that there is a dark history in his family, one that explains his ruthless behavior. One I plan to expunge if I am ever to live out my life in the Winter Palace in peace.

As much as I want to hate Lucien Thorne and everything he’s done to our realm… I cannot deny my heart.

"Suspenseful, sexy, and with incredibly entertaining storytelling, the first in Yarros' Empyrean series will delight fans of romantic, adventure-filled fantasy." ―Booklist, starred review

"Fourth Wing will have your heart pounding from beginning to end... A fantasy like you've never read before." ―#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

Enter the brutal and elite world of a war college for dragon riders from New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Yarros

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general―also known as her tough-as-talons mother―has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away...because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother’s daughter―like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.

She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom's protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret.

Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda―because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.

The Dragon King is looking for a wife.

This news throws the women in my village into a tizzy. The king will be sending out the royal guard to bring women of childbearing age to his castle in Jade City.

There is only one requirement: the woman must carry enough magic to produce an heir for him.

I'm a watered-down human with a mere ten percent dragon magic lineage, I know I won't be chosen, but for some reason the magic sniffers command me to present myself to the king as a possible wife.

I'm ready to go to Jade City until my mother tells me a terrifying secret. A secret that could get me killed... by the king himself.

I never should have taken that loan but my aunt needed the meds and they were too expensive for me to afford by myself. Now I've been sold to slavery and the Nightfall Queen's guards have found out I'm not entirely human.

I guess I'm lucky they didn't kill me.

The next thing I know I'm transferred to the Elf King's castle to find out that he has bought me. It will take me five years to pay off the debt but I get to be his personal assistant. Personal assistant to the king. That can't be so bad, right?

Wrong. Oh how wrong I was.

His council has tasked me with finding him a wife before they will fund his war against the Nightfall Queen. That part should be easy, he's rich, disgustingly handsome, and smart to boot. The problem? He's rejecting every high born female I send his way.

The more time we spend together, the more we realize I'm not just some half elf. There is a deep power that runs through my veins, one that makes me a target. His solution?

Enter into a fake marriage with him so that he can get the council off his back and I can get some protection.

That's a great idea, so long as I don't fall in love with him.

Should be simple enough...

"The Hedge Wizard 3: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure" is the third book in a series that combines elements of the LitRPG and GameLit genres. LitRPG (Literary Role-Playing Game) and GameLit books often feature characters who are aware that they are part of a game-like world, with their actions and experiences governed by game mechanics and rules.

As a continuation of the series, "The Hedge Wizard 3" likely follows the adventures of the hedge wizard protagonist in a virtual or fantastical world. The story may involve quests, leveling up, acquiring new abilities, and interacting with other characters who may be players or NPCs (non-player characters).

This genre often appeals to readers who enjoy immersive gaming experiences and the blend of fantasy elements with gaming mechanics. If you are a fan of LitRPG and GameLit novels, "The Hedge Wizard 3" may offer an exciting continuation of the series with its game-inspired adventures and immersive storytelling.

About the Series: Multiple magic systems, spells stolen from the gods, and an undefined path of progression, The Hedge Wizard brings a realism-focused spin to GameLit / LitRPG. Explore a world of long forgotten legends, where the gods now reign and monsters roam.

A life in slavery taught Tisaanah how to survive with nothing but a sharp eye, a quick mind, and a touch of magic. But the night she tried to buy her freedom, she nearly paid with her life. Instead, she murdered the most powerful man in Threll.

Forced to flee, she has only one chance at saving those she left behind: pledging herself to the Orders, an organization of magic Wielders strong enough to destroy her former masters.

To earn her place, Tisaanah is forced into an apprenticeship with Maxantarius Farlione, a handsome and reclusive fire Wielder who despises the Orders. He has no interest in helping her. But as the Orders' grip tightens around them both, his bloody past may be the key to her future... or their downfall.

Under looming war, Tisaanah must master her magic and survive the Orders demands. And as her feelings for Maxantarius deepen, she is forced to decide how much she is willing to trade away for revenge.

The Orders have bigger plans for Tisaanah. Darker plans. But Tisaanah will stop at nothing to save those she abandoned.

Even if it means forfeiting her freedom and sacrificing her heart.

Even if it means wielding death itself.

Once, we’d worshipped them as Gods.

For nearly 400 years, the Veil has protected us from the Fae of Alfheimr. In their absence, our lives have shifted from decadence and sin to survival and virtue under the guidance of the New Gods. I’ve spent my entire life tending to the gardens next to the boundary between our worlds, drawn to the shimmering magic like a moth to the flame.

Then, we died on their swords.

All of that changes the day the Veil shatters, unleashing the fae upon our world once again. The magic of faerie marks those of us they mean to take, but the Mist Guard protecting Nothrek will kill us all before they let the fae have us. There’s no choice but to flee everything I’ve ever known, not if I want to live to see my twenty-first birthday as a free woman.

Now, they’ll claim what’s theirs.

But before they capture me, Caelum saves me from the Wild Hunt. Fae-marked and on the run, he is able to fight back in ways I only dream of. From tentative alliance to all-consuming passion, our bond strengthens as the fae close in and evil lurks ever nearer. With my life on the line, he is everything I shouldn’t dare to want and a distraction I can’t afford. I can’t seem to stay away, not even with something greater on the line.

My heart.

Author’s Note: This book is intended for readers who are 18 and older. It contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content with darker elements. This is book one in a series and ends in a cliffhanger.

Human or vampire, the rules of survival are the same: never trust, never yield, and always – always – guard your heart.

The adopted human daughter of the Nightborn vampire king, Oraya carved her place in a world designed to kill her. Her only chance to become something more than prey is entering the Kejari: a legendary tournament held by the goddess of death herself.

But winning won’t be easy against the most vicious warriors from all three vampire houses. To survive, Oraya is forced to make an alliance with a mysterious rival.

Everything about Raihn is dangerous. He is a ruthless vampire, an efficient killer, an enemy to her father’s crown… and her greatest competition. Yet, what terrifies Oraya most of all is that she finds herself oddly drawn to him.

But there’s no room for compassion in the Kejari. War for the House of Night brews, shattering everything that Oraya thought she knew about her home. And Raihn may understand her more than anyone – but their blossoming attraction could be her downfall, in a kingdom where nothing is more deadly than love.

The Serpent and the Wings of Night is the first book in a new series of heart-wrenching romance, dark magic, and bloodthirsty intrigue, perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

She was commanded to kill him with a single strike to the heart. She didn't expect her own to betray her.

Sylina has sacrificed everything for her goddess-her soul, her freedom, her eyes. Life in service to the Arachessen, a cult of the Goddess of Fate, has turned Sylina from orphaned street-rat to disciplined killer, determined to overthrow Glaea's tyrannical king.

But when a brutal vampire conqueror arrives on their shores, Sylina faces an even deadlier adversary. She's tasked with a crucial mission: infiltrate his army, earn his trust... and kill him.

Atrius is a terrifying warrior carving an unstoppable path through Glaea. Yet when Sylina becomes his seer, she glimpses a dark and shocking past-and a side of him that reminds her far too much of parts of herself she'd rather forget.

Sylina's orders are clear. The conqueror cannot live. But as the blood spilled by Glaea's tyrant king runs thicker, her connection with Atrius only grows stronger. A connection forbidden by her vows. A connection that could cost her everything.

Slaying the Vampire Conqueror is a standalone fantasy romance set in the Crowns of Nyaxia world, full of heart-wrenching forbidden romance, dark curses, and epic battles - perfect for fans of The Bridge Kingdom and the From Blood and Ash series. It is an installment of the heart-pounding fantasy romance series, Mortal Enemies to Monster Lovers. If you like forbidden romance, dark curses, bad*ss heroines, and morally-gray heroes, you'll devour this sexy, addictive series.

Trapped in a Dungeon. There's only one way out. Kill or be killed…
An AI calling itself Schema has assimilated earth into its System. As a consequence, everyone gained access to status screens, power-ups, and skills. This AI turned these concepts from fiction to fact. It's easy to become intoxicated with leveling up and becoming stronger. To some, it's too good to be true like living out a dream.

For Daniel, however, it's closer to a nightmare.

He's in a bit of a predicament. Cracks in our dimensional fabric have unleashed terrifying beasts from dark, abyssal places. Schema organizes these cracks into dungeons, giving the native species of the planet a chance to fight back.

Daniel finds himself stuck in one of these dungeons. It's time to break free, by any means necessary.

He WILL protect this town.

Glenn Redwood has longed to become an Adventurer since he was a young boy, and has focused every waking moment since he turned 14 on leveling and growing stronger.

Answering the challenge of the Gods of Luxtera, he has fought Monsters to prove himself again and again. He has earned the right to travel the world and protect its people... but the Gods have other plans.

After they choose Glenn to become a Town Guard, he is charged with protecting his small town and everyone within. His dreams of traveling the world seem all but impossible. Even so, as he upgrades his new Town Guard Class, Glenn learns that one doesn't need to travel abroad to find challenge, adventure, friendship, and even love.

And the people he wants most strongly to protect may have been in his small village all along.

Don't miss the start of a new action-packed LitRPG Adventure with strong-to-stronger progression, strategic battles, endearing characters, and slice-of-life elements.

About the Series: Join Glenn as he shows just how large a small town can be, making new friends and supportive allies as he gains experience for everything from 'Watching the Gate' Quests to 'Slay Attacking Monsters'. Have you ever wondered while playing Skyrim or other RPGs what the guards are up to when you're not around? Probably not. But maybe you should have...

None will be given peace and only those strong enough can take it…

The adventures of Nate and company continues…
An encounter with the world’s greatest threat awakens something within the potion maker…
Truths of Nate and his purpose begin to manifest…
One simply cannot ignore their bloodline…
Things will never be the same again.
The 4th installment of Rise of the Cheat Potion Maker beckons you!